Re: PISTIS in Josephus

From: Jim West (
Date: Wed Mar 17 1999 - 22:07:39 EST

At 11:47 AM 3/17/99 -0600, you wrote:
>I've started reading Josephus to expand my Greek horizons and I've come
>across something interesting already. Josephus uses PISTIS in a political
>sense in terms of loyalty or allegiance to Rome. I'm wondering if this
>sense of allegiance would be the more prevalent sense of the word rather
>than belief or faith, or is this just a case of one word having more than
>one meaning depending on context?

Loyalty and allegiance are not really that different than "belief" or
"faith". Belief implies adherence to another...

I would say that Josephus is not using the word in an unusual way at all.





Jim West, ThD
Quartz Hill School of Theology
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